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Execution set for Lumpkin County man who murdered ex
Steven Spears
Steven Spears

A Lumpkin County man convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend will be executed by the state next month.

The execution date for Steven Frederick Spears will be 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Spears was convicted in 2007 of killing Sherri Holland in August 2001.

The Supreme Court of Georgia upheld his murder conviction and death sentence in February 2015.

“If executed, Spears will be the 45th inmate put to death by lethal injection,” according to a Georgia Department of Corrections news release.

According to Georgia Supreme Court decision, Spears made “preparations based on four separate plans for her murder.” These plans included electrocution, bludgeoning, shooting and strangling, according to the opinion.

“Considering both the crimes and the defendant, we conclude that the death sentence in Spears’s case is not disproportionate punishment within the meaning of Georgia law,” according to the opinion.

Spears entered Holland’s house on Aug. 25, 2001, and hid in her son’s closet until “he was certain that she had fallen asleep.”

“At about 2:30 a.m., he went into her bedroom and told her to roll over,” according to the opinion’s summary. “A struggle ensued into the hallway where he strangled her for five to 10 minutes.”

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